22 June 2020
If you are on maternity leave during 2020, things probably aren't going quite as you planned. Baby groups and classes may have moved online if they are running, and you will probably be missing face to face support from family and friends. However, you may have had more support than anticipated if your partner is working from home or furloughed.
If you are feeling conflicted in your thoughts and feelings when thinking about returning to work, you are not alone. Even during 'normal times' I hear lots of different thoughts and feelings from clients such as feeling daunted and excited, worrying about balancing work and home life or how to find time for yourself.
However, at the moment these feelings are compounded by concerns around the safety of
returning to work and the current lack of childcare provision. You may also be feeling a sense of grief, of having the maternity leave you planned and hoped for 'stolen' from you.
If you are a key worker returning to the front line you will be thinking of how you manage the risk of potentially passing Covid to your family, and how you organise child care as a result.
At the other end of the spectrum, your 'return to work' might be turning on your work lap top at home and joining the population of working parents trying to juggle work and child care.
With so much uncertainty around at the moment I thought it would be useful to put together some tips to support you at this time. I hope you find them useful.